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  1. bleeding from the nose.
  2. red trillium.
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Origin of nosebleed

1400–50 as plant name; 1850–55 for def 1; late Middle English; see nose, bleed
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Examples from the Web for nose-bleed

Historical Examples

  • Guerrillas's like the nose-bleed—likely to come on you at any time.

    Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)

    John McElroy

  • For nose-bleed, place a wad of paper between the upper lip and the gum.

  • And every time I gave my head a shake to get a good breath, my curls did get mixed up with the nose-bleed.

    The Story of Opal

    Opal Whiteley

  • Out jumped the doctor, out of his valise he took the bottle of nose-bleed medicine.

  • Already there were two bad cases of black eye, and one of nose-bleed, in the hospital.

British Dictionary definitions for nose-bleed


  1. bleeding from the nose, as the result of injury, etcTechnical name: epistaxis
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Word Origin and History for nose-bleed


1848, from nose (n.) + bleed (n.).

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nose-bleed in Medicine


  1. A nasal hemorrhage; bleeding from the nose.
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